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We are planning our first two week trip

To Vancouver in September next year. Is it worth a night in Victoria and three nights at Parksville? We have a small child too. Any suggestions would be great.

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Worth it? Sure. You have time.

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Hi

I think Parksville is a great place to go with a young child. The water at Rathtrevor Beach is very shallow and warm, almost no waves. We would sometimes go there in the summer, build sandcastles and then watch them disappear as the tide came in. Some people build huge sand structures, it's fun to watch. Also kite flying, floating around on inflatables. They also have a very nice playground in town and Tiger Lily farm, just outside of Parksville offers pony rides, goat milking and other farm activities for young children http://www.tigerlilyfarm.ca/ Cathedral Grove is a nice forest walk that a young child can do www.visitparksvillequalicumbeach.com/cms.asp…

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Hi Weddinghunter ~

Are you planning to rent a car? What age is the child, it helps to know if this is a babe in arms or one that is walking independently.

Victoria would have enough to do for 3 nights, 2 days. It takes 4 hours to get from Vancouver to Victoria by land/ferry. IMO, Victoria has more child attractions than Vancouver, depending on the age of the child.

Getting from Victoria to P'ville (2.5 hours drive) could be done without a car but would be a bit awkward by coach.

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Tigh-Na-Mara is a great place to stay in Parksville. Right on the beach. It can be a bit pricey in the summer, but they have fall specials that may work depending on when in Sept you are going.

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We've stayed at Tigh-Na-Mara and Oceans Sands and both are good although the former is more expensive and some of the rooms are a bit tight. Ocean Sands has nice condos with cooking facilities.

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Hi

Thanks for your replies, our child will be just over 1.

We would hire a car too :) seems much easier that way.

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Well, at that age, it doesn't much matter where they are as long as they have a few toys although s/he might enjoy the beach. You could pick up a few sand toys in Parksville. I would be sure to have a good way of carrying him/her about, maybe a child carrier/back-pack if you're planning on walks/hikes.

When you're in Vancouver, you might think about renting a bike with a child trailer and go around Stanley Park. The aquarium is also good and there is a small train that runs in the Stanley Park as well.

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